Trump: ‘We Have to Win Virginia’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Briar Woods High School, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Ashburn, VA

ASHBURN, Virginia – Republican nominee Donald Trump declared he must win Virginia in November and disclosed his recent fundraising numbers, touting that he’s received donations from roughly 60,000 people, averaging $61 dollars each.

“We’re going to have more than $35 million,” in donations from close to 60,000 people that averages $61 dollars each, Trump detailed about his fundraising during his campaign rally in Virginia on Tuesday morning.

“We have to win Virginia,” he stressed, telling his supporters he will be back to the state many times throughout the election.

Trump told the crowd that a man he met before the campaign rally had given him his Purple Heart, “That’s my real purple heart. I have such confidence in you,” Trump recalled about the exchange with the man. “That’s like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart … it was such a honor.”

The crowd started chanting “USA-USA-USA” when Trump brought the man onto the stage with him.

More than 1,200 Trump supporters packed into the Briar Woods High School auditorium in Ashburn, Virginia to hear Trump speak.

“Our military is not being funded properly,” the Republican nominee said, while talking about veterans and the military as well as combating radical Islamic terrorism. “We need a powerful strong military.”

Veterans and the military are big election issues in Virginia, according to Trump’s Virginia state chairman Corey Stewart.

“Virginia voters are very concerned by the hollowing out of jobs in the coal industry, of the decline of America’s military,” Stewart told Breitbart News. “There are over 800,000 veterans in Virginia. They’re very concerned about the VA and the lack of adequate healthcare for veterans.”

Throughout the campaign rally, Trump ripped into his rival Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who is currently leading in Virginia by five points.

“You think she looks presidential? I don’t think so,” Trump stated. “She’s not tough.”

“She’s got a temperament of a loser,” he added.

Trump called Clinton the devil again, as he first did so during his campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Monday night.

There was a long line of supporters trying to get into the rally more than two hours before it began and just a small group of protesters outside of the rally, peacefully protesting before it started.

There were some interruptions from protesters before and during Trump’s speech.

There was also a group of about 15 silent protesters who turned their backs to Trump. They were quickly escorted out of the rally.